Sex addiction not a real disorder

UCLA researchers say they have scientific evidence that despite all of the publicity it’s been given, sex “addiction” is not a true disorder.  The scientists found that the "addiction" experienced is nothing more than strong sexual desire.  A study of brain waves showed no indication that the participants’ responses to sexual imagery were the same as those towards other addictive substances, leading the researchers to conclude that uncontrollable desires were not psychiatric in nature.

The UCLA study measured the brain responses of "hypersexual" people who had problems regulating their reactions to sexual imagery.  In total, 52 people took place in the study – 39 male and 13 female.  Each of the participants reported having problems "regulating their viewing of sexual stimuli."  Each person was shown 225 color pictures that fell under four categories – pleasant sexual, pleasant non-sexual, neutral and unpleasant.  EEGs were used to measure brain wave data during the viewings.

The results showed no evidence that the parts of the brain associated with addiction became activated when shown sexual imagery, indicating that the source of hypersexuality is not comparable to other addictions.

The American Psychiatric Association excluded “sexual addiction” from its most recent edition of the psychiatrists' guide to diagnosing mental disorders - the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) - effectively rendering it void as an official disorder.

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